Tag Archives: Ebola Virus

Sierra Leone begins 42-day countdown

26 Aug

Sierra Leone has began its countdown to be declared by the World Health Organization as free of Ebola virus transmission as President Ernest Koroma described the release of the last patient treated for the disease at a treatment centre as “the beginning of the end of Ebola.” Continue reading

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Former British High Commissioner, Peter Penfold, writes on Ebola in Sierra Leone

15 Jan

penfoldI have now been here two weeks. During my last visit in April the first cases of ebola had appeared. Deaths had been reported in Sierra Leone and before that in the neighboring countries of Guinea and Liberia. Only MSF (Medicins Sans Frontieres) were warning of the seriousness of the outbreak but at the time no one was heeding the warnings, neither the local governments nor the international community. Since then the ebola virus has ravaged this part of West Africa. Continue reading

Most intense Ebola transmission in West Africa reported in western Sierra Leone – UN

31 Dec

The number of Ebola cases is fluctuating in Guinea, decreasing in Liberia and showing signs the increase has slowed in Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today as the UN development agency said it is helping the Liberian Government build border posts to cut the cross-border spread of infection in West Africa. Continue reading

Ebola speeds up educators’ embrace of tech in Sierra Leone, Liberia

26 Nov

The deadly Ebola outbreak has sparked some creative thinking among academic institutions and private education initiatives determined to reach out to students who have been hunkering down for months in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Faced with a raging epidemic, the University of Sierra Leone plans to upload lecture notes on its website, send learning material through e-mail and engage students through social media platforms like Whatsapp and Facebook. The 2014/2015 session, which should have begun Oct. 1, was postponed due to the Ebola outbreak. Continue reading

Sierra Leone pushes ITU members to back tech against Ebola

7 Nov

Spurred by Sierra Leone, the U.N.’s ITU has teamed up with the GSM Association, the World Health Organization, and the Internet Society, committing resources to a worldwide effort to develop technology tools to help stop the spread of Ebola.
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Australia: New Measures In The Fight Against Ebola

5 Nov

The Commonwealth Government will increase Australia’s $18 million contribution to the response to Ebola in West Africa and strengthen preparations to detect and respond to a possible Ebola case in Australia. Continue reading

Sierra Leone: Accusing Canada of discrimination could be a first step to a right attitude to defeat Ebola

3 Nov

I just saw a news piece from Aljazeera in which Theo Nicol, Sierra Leone‘s deputy information minister on Saturday, reportedly accused Canada of discrimination over its decision to suspend visa applications for residents of Ebola-hit nations. Interesting. Thank God for his guts to have said that. At least, someone from the top needs to seal the ‘I’m not a virus’ campaign instituted by ordinary Sierra Leoneans who have refused to be dampened by the scourge of the Ebola Virus Disease. Continue reading

Mobile technology offers option to combat fake drugs in West Africa

3 Nov

Cholera, malaria and the rapidly expanding threat of Ebola have hit African countries with a related health-care problem: the scourge of fake drugs. An increasing number of West Africans, however, now have the option to use mobile applications to identify counterfeit medications, thanks to collaboration between national drug regulatory bodies and telecom and pharmaceutical companies. Continue reading

West Africa: Ebola now, integration later (1)

3 Nov

A friend posted on Facebook several days ago that now is not the best time to travel to the US with a Sierra Leonean passport. My comment came quickly, I wouldn’t agree less. But I think he’d gone a bit far. Why not think closer to home? Let me share an emotional but interesting story with you, as I experienced a 3-hour journey turned into a 12-day trip across six countries. Thanks to the Ebola disease outbreak. Continue reading

Ebola, ECOWAS, and flight bans

2 Nov

Still on the Ebola Virus Disease, a friend in Freetown got his ‪visa‬ mid August to undertake short media training in the ‪US‬. He was shocked when the airline asked him to pay how much? $4,400 for a return trip ticket between Freetown and Miami. Continue reading

Spot the location…

1 Nov

bamako (1)

Bamako by Faladie SEMAWhere were these pictures taken in West Africa? I like your guess. Keep trying. It shouldn’t be hard to spot the location if you have been there. Or read or even heard a story about it. I do tell myself, as a matter of fact, that as I have been to several parts of the region (towns/cities), many of my peers will never dream of visiting or will never have a reason to do so in their lifetime. Continue reading

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